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sensible

adjective uk   /ˈsen.sɪ.bl̩/ us  

sensible adjective (GOOD JUDGMENT)

B1 based on or acting on good judgment and practical ideas or understanding: a sensible answer/approach/compromise/option a sensible person I think the sensible thing to do is phone before you go and ask for directions. It would be sensible to take an umbrella. Sensible clothes or shoes are practical and suitable for the purpose they are needed for, rather than being attractive or fashionable: It could be cold and wet so pack some sensible clothes.
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sensible adjective (AWARE)

formal having an understanding of a situation: He did not appear to be sensible of the difficulties that lay ahead.
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